This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Syria, Tartous, Idlib, Russia, Turkey, US, Daesh, Gaza Bombarded, Rocket Fire, Tel Aviv, Latakia, Raqqa, SDF, Daraa, Baghouz, New_Zealand, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, Christchurch.

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Breaking: Militants attack Tartous for first time this year

Published 2019-03-15 18:02:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – For the first time this year, the jihadist rebels have launched long-range missiles towards the Tartous Governorate in Syria’s western region. According to a military source in the Tartous Governorate, the missiles were fired from the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate and were likely launched by either the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front or Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Since the missile attack, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has emerged over the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. A source close to the town of Al-Suqaylabiyeh said the Syrian Air Force is stalking the jihadist positions… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Tartous


Russian Su-25 jets return to Syria as Idlib operation approaches

Published 2019-03-15 16:08:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets have returned to Syria after a year-long hiatus, new satellite images revealed this week. The Israel-based Image Sat International group released a new satellite photo of the Russian Hmeimim Airbase on Friday that showed the return of these fighter jets to Syria. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1106503249367056388 This move by the Russian Air Force comes just days after they launched a heavy attack on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions near the provincial capital of Idlib. It is no secret that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch a large-scale military… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Russian FM says militants preparing chemical provocation in Syria

Published 2019-03-15 15:29:46 by News Desk in Syria

Militants are establishing arms caches in several Syrian provinces to stage chemical weapons provocations, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Friday. “There are alarming reports, which say that members of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terror group (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, outlawed in Russia), together with the White Helmets, are getting ready to stage chemical agent attacks, planning to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons,” she said. “Terrorists are establishing arms caches in the Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia and Hama provinces,” the Russian diplomat pointed out. More: http://tass.com/world/1048829

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Tags: Syria


Watch: Russian Su-27 intercept US spy plane

Published 2019-03-15 15:13:59 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Russian and U.S. air forces had a brief encounter last week as an American spy plane was spotted by an RAF fighter jet near its border. According to Russia Today, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a U.S. RC-135 spy plane that was flying close to its border. The Russian Ministry of Defense then released a statement after the interception further confirming the incident: Russian means of airspace control detected an air target approaching the State border of the Russian Federation over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. A Su-27 fighter jet on… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


Daesh down to last few hundred fighters in eastern Syria: US envoy

Published 2019-03-15 14:37:16 by News Desk in Syria

US Special Representative for Syria James Franklin Jeffrey said that the US is appealing to countries to take back Daesh foreign fighters and their families captured by the US-backed SDF in Syria, to share the burden of prosecution and re-education. Jeffrey added that the US believes there are 15,000-20,000 Daesh adherents in Syria and Iraq, with many of them in sleeper cells. According to him, Daesh is down to a few hundred fighters and less than a square kilometre of land. “We are just about finished with the campaign along the Euphrates to defeat the last territorial holdings of the… Read on ->

Tags: Daesh, Syria


Israel Bombard Gaza With Over 100 Precision Missiles

Published 2019-03-15 14:18:30 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 P.M)- Israel has bombarded the Gaza Strip with over 100 missiles following rocket fire into Tel Aviv. [media-credit id=16625 align="none" width="820"][/media-credit] Gaza Bombing 15th March According the Israeli military, at least 100 missiles were fired into the Gaza Strip early this morning. At approximately 10:30 P.M last night, sirens sounded in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Iron Dome Air Defense System was filmed firing at two rockets reportedly fired from the Gaza Strip. Israel blamed first Islamic Jihad and later Hamas for the rocket fire, however both organizations deny their involvement in the attack…. Read on ->

Tags: Gaza Bombarded, Rocket Fire, Tel Aviv


Syrian Army shoots down jihadist attack drone in northern Latakia

Published 2019-03-15 13:23:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shot down an enemy drone that was flying over their positions in the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this afternoon. According to the military communique from the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army units in the Kurdish Mountains (var. Jabal Al-Akrad) shot down a drone belonging to the nearby jihadist forces after it was spotted flying over their positions. The military communique said the drone was seen flying towards their positions from the town of Kabbani, which is controlled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The report… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


SDF graduates new Special Forces group in Raqqa (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-15 13:00:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have recently graduated a new set of Special Forces in the Al-Raqqa Governorate. According to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the graduates participated in a ceremony that took place near the large city of Al-Tabaqa in the western countryside of Al-Raqqa. Below is the official video from the SDF’s graduation ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6e4788cFKM

Tags: Raqqa, SDF, Syria


Exclusive: Syrian Army preparing for large-scale operation in Daraa

Published 2019-03-15 12:43:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch a large-scale military operation inside the Daraa Governorate, a source in Damascus told Al-Masdar this morning. According to the military source, the Syrian Republican Guard is preparing to deploy to several areas in the Daraa Governorate that are currently under reconciliation deals with the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The source said Republican Guard units from the 104th, 105th, and 106th brigades, alongside the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th, 7th, and 9th divisions, will deploy to Daraa from Damascus and Al-Quneitra if the Free Syrian Army’s sleeper cells… Read on ->

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Tags: Daraa, Syria


Syrian Army spy films from Turkish-backed rebel stronghold as offensive looms (video)

Published 2019-03-15 12:27:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Tiger Forces released a new video on Friday that shows one of their spies operating inside a stronghold belonging to the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). According to the Tiger Forces’ official media wing, one of their spies was filming from the NLF stronghold of Ariha, which is located along the Idlib-Latakia Highway. In a short video released by the Tiger Forces this morning, the Syrian Army spy can be seen moving freely through Ariha, despite increased security measures by the NLF and other rebel groups in the Idlib Governorate…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


ISIS women join battle in eastern Syria as terrorist group experiences shortage of fighters

Published 2019-03-15 11:46:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) is in a world of trouble in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley as they are not only besieged from all sides, but it appears they have a shortage of fighters to press on. As a result of these circumstances, the Islamic State has allowed women to participate in the defense of the Baghouz Camp against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Daesh typically prohibits women from fighting on the front-lines; however, due to their current circumstances in eastern Syria, they have made an exception to this rule. As shown… Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, Daesh, Syria


What is known so far about the terrorist who attacked the New Zealand mosques

Published 2019-03-15 11:27:34 by News Desk in World-News

At least 49 people were reportedly killed and dozens more injured when a gunman went on a shooting spree at two mosques in New Zealand. How the Shooting Rampage Began A gunman claiming to be 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant entered the Al Noor Mosque Mosque in the city of Christchurch at around 01:40 p.m. local time on Friday and opened fire on worshippers; around 300 people were inside the building. His identity has yet to be confirmed by the police. A second mosque on Linwood Avenue was also attacked, the police said, adding that three men, including Tarrant, and one woman… Read on ->

Tags: New_Zealand


SDF troops suffer heavy casualties after convoy comes under attack in Raqqa

Published 2019-03-15 11:12:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) came under heavy attack last night when a group of unknown assailants targeted their military convoy inside the provincial capital of Al-Raqqa. According to a report from Raqqa city, an SDF military convoy consisting of five vehicles was moving through the Municipal Stadium area of the provincial capital when the unknown assailants detonated their IEDs last night. The report said that as a result of this IED attack, at least seven fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces were killed and several others were badly wounded. The military report would add… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, SDF, Syria


Video footage of Israel’s massive overnight assault on Gaza

Published 2019-03-15 10:44:59 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

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The Israeli military said it had launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack on Tel Aviv late on Thursday. The air attacks took place in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, roughly 25km (15 miles) south of Gaza City. Footage shows explosions lighting up the night sky while booming noises can also be heard in the distance.

In a statement early on Friday, the Israeli military said it was targeting “terror sites” but gave no further details. This was a reprisal after two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine


Death toll in New Zealand mosque shootings rises to 49 – police

Published 2019-03-15 10:26:14 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) -Police Commissioner Mike Bush has confirmed that the death toll in the Christchurch mosque terror attacks has risen to 49 people. A male in his 20s has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow. Local authorities deemed the risk as “extremely high” nearby Cathedral Square where schools were put in lockdown as the situation develops. Citizens were also advised to remain indoors.

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Turkish, Russian armed forces conduct joint patrol in northwest Syria DMZ

Published 2019-03-15 10:10:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 A.M.) – For the second time this year, the Turkish and Russian armed forces conducted a joint patrol in the northwestern Syria demilitarized zone. According to a source in nearby Hama, the Turkish-Russian joint patrol began at 6 A.M. (local time) and it is scheduled to last until 11 A.M. This latest joint patrol comes just two days after the Russian Air Force, with approval from Turkey, launched a heavy attack against Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham near Idlib city. The Russian and Turkish forces have recently increased their cooperation in northwestern Syria after the territorial expansion of jihadist… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Israeli forces launch largest attack of the year in Gaza

Published 2019-03-15 09:35:07 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Israeli Armed Forces launched their heaviest attack of the year on the Gaza Strip last night, hitting over 100 targets in the process. According to a statement from the Israeli Defense Forces, their jets and helicopters attacked “100 Hamas-linked targets in Gaza overnight.” The air raids were allegedly conducted in response to rockets launched from Gaza at Tel Aviv. The IDF claimed they hit Hamas’ HQ in Gaza’s downtown Rimal District, a rocket-manufacturing site, and a military training camp. The airstrikes were made in retaliation to rockets launched from Gaza into Israeli territory, towards… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine


40 victims reported after New Zealand mosque shootings, 4 suspects in custody

Published 2019-03-15 09:17:23 by News Desk in World-News

Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 40 dead Friday, with one gunman – identified as an Australian extremist — apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. Witnesses spoke of victims being shot at close range, with women and children also believed to be among those killed. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying it marked “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. “From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned,” she said, adding that in addition… Read on ->

Tags: Christchurch, New_Zealand


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